Martin's record performance carries Bucs to victory

8:55 PM, Nov 4, 2012   |    comments
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
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Oakland, CA---  Rookie running back Doug Martin broke the Buccaneers all time single game rushing performance record, running for 251 yards in a 42-32 Bucs win over the Raiders.

Tampa Bay intercepted Raiders' quarterback Carson Palmer 3 times and nearly let an 18 point lead slip away in the fourth quarter. Holding a 35-32 lead Ahmad Black intercepted Palmer and the Bucs' offense pushed their way down the field for Martins' fourth touchdown of the game.

The game started off on a sour not for the Bucs, when a Connor Barth field goal was blocked by Lamar Houston of the Raiders in the first quarter.

Oakland would capitalize going 33 yards, setting up a Sebastian Janikowski 29-yard field goal.

The Raiders ended the first quarter leading 3-0.

The Bucs bounced back as Josh Freeman hit Vincent Jackson deep twice on an 84-yard touchdown scoring drive giving Tampa Bay the 7-3 lead.

Late in the second quarter, Carson Palmer would drive the Raiders right down the field capping it off with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater giving Oakland a 10-7 edge.

Just before the half Barth had a chance to tie the game with a 54-yard field goal, but the North Carolina alum shanked it left.

Oakland takes a 10-7 lead in to halftime.

The Buccaneers exploded with a big 21-point third quarter. Doug Martin gave the Bucs a 14-10 lead with a 45 yard  touchdown run.

Then on their next possession Josh Freeman connected with Mike Williams for a touchdown toss, giving the Bucs a 21-10 advantage.

The Buccaneers defense got the offense the ball right back as rookie cornerback Leonard Johnson out of Largo High School intercepted Carson Palmer. It was Johnson's second interception in as many games.

Two offensive plays later Martin found a seem and exploded 67 yards to the endzone giving Tampa Bay a 28-10 lead to end the quarter.

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